COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio officials are confirming the state's intentions not to run its own health insurance exchange but instead have the federal government operate the new online marketplace under President Barack Obama's health care law.
A letter sent Thursday to the Obama administration reiterates what Republican Gov. John Kasich said in November. Ohio will keep its authority to regulate health plans in and out of the exchange, but leave running it to the federal government.
Exchanges can be run by the states, the federal government, or a state-federal partnership.
The federal government had initially instructed Ohio officials to submit a more detailed blueprint of its plan, which is required of those pursing a federal-state partnership. But recent conversations between officials clarified Ohio no longer fit into that category.
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